The Vegetable garden is filling out and we are picking the last of the asparagus and rocket. Radishes are going strong and we are still picking rhubarb. The tumbling tomato Maskotka has been planted out into the milk churns. It did very well last year producing masses of small sweet tomatoes.
Tomatoes have been planted out in the Greenhouse–we grow Tomande and Marmande = both large beef steak types with good flavour. Basil is planted in front- keeps off aphids?
The garden is going through its wild stage with Cow parsley hiding the dying daffodils and weeds increasing everywhere as fast as your back is turned.
In the Dell look out for the greater spotted woodpecker which is feeding its chicks in the hole right at the top of the straight tall tree stump near to the gate to the daffodil area .
The swans have moved their cygnets to the Fishponds- hopefully still numbering 7, and a family of Ducks have taken over their old nest. The iris ensata in the Bog Garden are pseudocorus variegata, gamecock and laevigata- seriously depleted since the swans started to pull them up when they were making their nest.
As you cross the bridge the scent you will smell is from rose de rescht- in the low growing bed at the front of the Hall
The plants in the west lawn beds are competing to be the most colourful but the californian poppy with its bright orange flowers in the gravel by the moat would be hard to beat.
The East Lawn shrubbery has Sinocalycanthus raulstonii- hartlage wine and Rubus spectabilis Olympic double- with red flowers both in flower at the moment.
Watch out for the spotted fly catcher which has a nest in the rose above the courtyard WC.
Stay healthy and good gardening